Family and friends gathered Friday night in memory of Rob Johnson, the young man who died last weekend after injuries suffered in an accident on Oct. 8.
A second vigil will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at Washington Park High School, 1901 12th Street.
Johnson, another man, and the driver, Dartavian Watson, were in a car together after drinking at a friend’s house when Watson crashed into the building at 1403 6th Street. Johnson suffered severe head trauma and was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital. He passed away two days later. The other man was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, and Watson is facing three felony charges and a misdemeanor in connection with the accident.
Laughter and tears marked the memories shared, and there were also words of wisdom and warning:
“It shouldn’t take a death to bring everyone together. Rob was loving, spirited and honest. He would always put a smile on your face.”
“I’m still in disbelief because he didn’t have to go that way. Let’s talk about not drinking and driving.”
“God has a real angel now, but we have to do better. We must do better.”
“We lost a great person, and I miss him.”
And from Johnson’s mother, Wanda, “I want to thank everyone for their support. Rob was my baby, but we have to remember Tavi’s family, too. There are two families grieving so we cannot have any anger.”